Avoid speech that is deceptive, exclusive, or just plain mean. We want our communication to be beneficial rather than harmful.

Right Livelihood

Being aware of our “right livelihood” means being intentional about how we earn our living. We need to drop anything that gets in the way of an ethical life that causes no suffering—either to us, or to others.

Where we work, and how we work there deserves thought and mindfulness if we are to affect the world in positive ways.

Right Effort

Be mindful of where you put your effort—make sure it goes into these 8 stops along the path, into developing mindfulness of each one so that you can intentionally steer your life toward the positive.

Right Mindfulness

Most people go through their days automatically, allowing themselves to float on a wave of habits that take them through life. We get lost in thoughts of the past or the future, and rarely do we truly engage with the present. But “right mindfulness” involves training oneself to be present, to live in the moment, accepting the world, and engaging it, as it is. In this way, we can apply our “right effort”.

Every step of the Eightfold Path affects every other, and this is, perhaps, the one which affects all of them the most.

Right Concentration

“Right concentration,” which can also be called meditation, means focusing the mind on one object, to the exclusion of all else, as opposed to mindfulness, which is being open to whatever arises.

This step involves the use of “right effort,” “right intention,” and “right mindfulness,”—you must first be able to have let go of things like hatred, negativity, and anger in order to truly concentrate your attention in a way that is useful.

This helps us to focus on the positive, rather than allowing our thoughts to slip into harmful negative patterns.

An Intersection

As we can see, the field of positive psychology isn’t as new as we think—the Buddha was contemplating its foundations centuries ago! And now that modern psychology is backing up his words, it’s a better time than ever to learn more about his teachings, regardless of faith or nationality. After all, we all deserve to find happiness, and intentionality is the best way to achieve that.

“Finding the Blue Sky” elegantly explores the path to positivity through deliberate action, effectively helping readers to find the clear skies of happiness that lie just on the other side of the clouds. Beyond simply relating information, Emet takes advantage of the power of words, telling stories and inviting readers to practice what they’ve learned.

So take the time to read his work, and learn the depth and breadth of the art of intentionality. Choose happiness—right here, and right now.